05/23/15 2:44pm

StayatHandTravel apps and mobile devices have changed the way one books travel to a city like Alexandria, Virginia. You can visit a city, dislike your hotel, and fully research and book a better one in just minutes from anywhere.

The iPhone app StayAtHand (FREE), from a startup in Arlington, Virginia, focuses just on hotel search and booking. Elizabeth Chang, writing in this week’s Washington Post Magazine, has an app review.

StayatHand is available on the App Store at this link. For more information about the app, click this link.



05/23/15 9:26am

Bill Euille
While this endorsement will help Mr. Euille’s campaign for sure, I’m a little surprised the Post hasn’t endorsed anyone on the close race for 45th Delegate yet. What do you think about this?

REMINDER: Vote in our Alexandria Mayor poll.

Via WaPo

In the heavily Democratic city, Mayor William D. Euille faces his first primary challenge since he assumed his current office in 2003. His opponents are Kerry Donley, who preceded him as mayor and now wants the job back, and the current vice mayor, Allison Silberberg.

Mr. Euille, well liked even by opponents for his decency and civil demeanor, is sometimes criticized as tending more to ceremony and process than to policy. Mr. Donley, in particular, has suggested that the mayor has dragged his feet on major projects. In fact, Mr. Euille has been a good mayor; he deserves reelection to a fifth three-year term.

Mr. Donley, who is respected by his former council colleagues, attacks the mayor for allowing the percentage of city spending devoted to education to slip. Yet he cannot say whose ox he would gore to divert more funds to schools.

No doubt, Mr. Donley is the more forceful personality. He is probably right that he would shake things up. Yet to what end? Mr. Euille, in his soothing way, was instrumental in shepherding a redevelopment plan for Alexandria’s waterfront, which had been debated for decades, and he struck a deal to build more affordable housing around Potomac Yard. In a city of 150,000 people facing serious challenges — crowded schools, sluggish revenue growth, aging and inadequate infrastructure — the mayor has been effective.

As for Ms. Silberberg, she is not a credible candidate. Elected to the city council less than three years ago, she is known mainly for sniping at controversial development proposals, thereby playing to the galleries, but without advancing or articulating viable alternatives.

Read more at this link.

(Red Brick Town Flickr Pool photo by Wayne Hulehan, on Flickr)

05/23/15 7:33am

Rolling Thunder 2014 474
Rolling Thunder, the annual motorcycle rally that is held in Washington, DC during the Memorial Day weekend to call for the government’s recognition and protection of Prisoners of War (POWs) and those Missing in Action (MIAs) occurs tomorrow (Sunday, May 24, 2015). The organization expects around 100,000 riders/veterans will roar across Washington, DC on their motorcycles this Memorial Day weekend as a tribute to American war heroes.

If you’re taking Metro down to the rally, don’t forget Metro is doing track work on this holiday weekend.

Here are your road closures through Monday for Rolling Thunder 2015.

Thunder Alley

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday

The following street closures will be in effect from 8 a.m. Friday until 5 p.m. Monday

  • 22nd Street, NW between Constitution Avenue and C Street

Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Ride

Sunday 11:30 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. on the following route:

Beginning in the North Pentagon parking lot

  • Crossing the Memorial Bridge to 23rd Street NW
  • North on 23rd St. to Constitution Ave.
  • East on Constitution Ave. to Pennsylvania Ave.
  • East on Pennsylvania Ave to 3rd Street
  • South on 3rd St to Independence Ave.
  • West on Independence Ave to West Basin Dr.
  • Southwest on West Basin Dr. to Ohio Dr.
  • Northwest on Ohio Dr. to Franklin D. Roosevelt Park where the ride will end

The following streets along the route will be closed to traffic beginning at approximately 11:30 a.m. and are expected to be reopened at about 4 p.m.:

  • Memorial Bridge, to include Memorial Avenue from Route 110 to Arlington Memorial Circle
  • Ohio Drive from Independence Ave. to Virginia Ave.
  • Ohio Drive, riverside, from the inlet Bridge to Independence Ave.
  • Independence Ave. from 1st Street, SW to 23rd Street, SW
  • Constitution Ave. from Pennsylvania Ave., NW to 23rd Street.
  • 3rd, 4th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 17th and 23rd Streets between Independence Ave. and Constitution Ave., to include one block north of Constitution and one block south of Independence Ave.
  • Henry Bacon and Daniel French Drives

In addition, beginning at 5:00 a.m., West Potomac Park will be closed between Inlet Bridge and the intersection of 23rd Street and Independence Avenue, SW. Park Police will assist motorists and pedestrians. Public transportation is recommended for the National Mall and the monuments and memorials. Allow extra time for the trip.

(Photo by Robert Stankiewicz, on Flickr)

05/23/15 7:06am

An extraordinary home for sale on Holmes Run Parkway in Alexandria, Virginia. Check out the view!

This extraordinary 1 bedroom, 1 bath condominium penthouse is for sale and located at 5300 Holmes Run Parkway in the Holmes Run neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. Check out the view! Open house THIS Sunday!

Via the listing

Penthouse with 10\’+ ceilings, extra large balcony with expansive views overlooking the courtyard. Wonderful building with 24-hr front desk and on-site manager has tons of amenities including pool, tennis courts, and indoor workout facility plus newly redesigned common outdoor areas for recreation and cook-outs. All utilities included! Underground garage space and extra storage unit included.

Contact the Realtor at this link if you’re interested in more information about this property.

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